Friday, 11 September 2009

Egyptian Police Shoot Dead Ethiopian Migrants

Egyptian police have shot dead four Ethiopian refugees and wounded two others, one critically, as they tried to cross into Israel south of Rafiah. In a statement Amnesty International Israel said, "The unbridled violence Egypt shows is a result of pressure exerted by Israel is partly the result of Israeli pressure on Cairo to prevent the entry."

This is not the first such incident and Egyptian police have killed at least 12 African migrants at the frontier since May. This comes after a 6 month period with no such deaths and is likely to be linked to the increasingly severe humanitarian crisis in Eastern Africa.

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